Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa appeared in court today in France via video call for his case in which he’s suing former club Lille for over €19m over severance pay according to reports from GFFN.
The two parties have been involved in a heated legal battle for over two and a half years and it could now be coming to an end.
Bielsa was sacked in 2017 and is looking for over €19m with €18,872,958 in damages, €129,138 in damages (reputation-related) and €30,000 in further damages. This is set to be one of the biggest employment lawsuits of all time.
Lille fired Bielsa in December 2017 as they were nearing the relegation zone and stated that their reasoning was “Serious fault” from Bielsa and it was a deserved firing.
Three years ago Bielsa filed his first lawsuit against Lille requesting the severance pay he felt he deserved. This case was dismissed and he was forced to pay Lille €300,000 for a malicious legal filing.
The tribunal’s decision will not be known for at least 3 months.